Ask yourself these questions when determining the reliability of a website.
1. Who is responsible for the site?
Is there an author? What are his or her credentials? Is the “author” an organization or association?
2. What type of site is it?
.edu = educational
.org = organization
.gov = government
.net = network/utilities or internet service provider
.mil = military
.com = commercial
3. When was the site created or updated?
Keep in mind that an automated date does not indicate when the information was updated.
4. Where can you find more information?
Is there contact information other than an email address? Is there documentation for factual statements, assertions, and second-hand information? Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?
5. Why was the site created?
Is the goal to sell? To Persuade? To advocate an agenda? To inform? What advertisements, if any, are there? Do they relate to the site?